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828-894-3739 Guides and Applications
Office Hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
PO Box 308
Inspectors in office 8:00 am – 9:00 am Physical Location: 35 Walker Street
Permits issued 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Columbus, NC 28722
  828-894-3739 office; 828-894-2913 (fax)

Vision: To protect the health, safety and welfare of Polk County citizens by creating better buildings and safer communities. 
Community Development

Building Inspections828-894-3739
Building Inspections Director, David Gosnell, Ext 107: David Gosnell
Code Enforcement Official, Patrick Rimer, Ext. 108: Contact us
Code Enforcement Official, Alex Hutchins, Ext. 106: Contact us
Code Enforcement Official, Jared Fox: Contact us
Permits/Scheduling Inspections, Brooke Conner, Ext. 101:
 Contact us
Planning & Economic Development- 828-894-2732
Planning Administrator, Chelsea Allen, Ext. 710 - Contact us
GIS/Business Development Specialist, Sarah Zoellers, Ext 104 - Contact us
Planning/Economic Development Director, Cathy Ruth, Ext. 109: Cathy Ruth

Environmental Health828-894-3739
Environmental Health Inspector, Geoffrey Hiles, Ext. 248: Contact us 
Environmental Health Inspector/Food & Lodging, Camille Gwyn, Ext. 103: Contact us 
Environmental Health Inspector/Septic & Wells, Luke Whaley, Ext. 105: Contact us
Environmental Health Permits, Marley Alejo, Ext. 100: Contact us

Property Addressing828-894-8500
Property Addressing, Joanna Martinez, Ext. 265:
 Contact us

Emergency Management 828-894-6342
Fire Marshal/Fire Inspections/Emergency Management Director, Bobby Arledge: Bobby Arledge
Duties and Responsibilities: Enforce within the county the county all state and local laws and local ordinances and regulations relating to: (1) the construction of buildings; (2) the installation of plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating systems, refrigeration systems, and air-conditioning systems; (3) the maintenance of buildings in safe, sanitary, and healthful conditions; and (4) other matters that may be specified by the Board of County Commissioners.

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Related Links:
NC Department of Insurance             
Building Codes & Other Information
International Code Council
Lien Agent Law

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